With spring well and truly underway, many homeowners are pulling out their Toro ride on mowers to give their lawns a much-needed trim. Before starting up the machine for the first time after being stored, however, it is important that it receives some much-needed maintenance. Whilst you can certainly take the mower into your local Toro dealer, some homeowners prefer to conduct any maintenance and repairs themselves.
The first thing you should do is check over your mower to ensure that everything is in order. Use this list to ensure you don’t forget anything:
- Carefully check that the blades are sharp. If they seem dull, either sharpen or replace them. If they appear damaged (bent or chipped), you will need to have them replaced.
- Ensure that the cutting deck is clear of grass clippings. As the machine has been stored for the winter, keep in mind that the clippings may have solidified and be difficult to remove.
- Check that the pull cord is in good working condition. If you notice any signs of fraying, it’s important that you take your mower in for a professional repair.
- Check that any attachments (such as grass catchers and mulching systems) are still connected and working properly. If you notice any issues, remove the attachment immediately.
- Review the starting procedure outlined in your owner’s manual, such as changing the oil, performing maintenance on the air filter and filling the tank with fresh fuel.
Before attempting any repairs or maintenance on your ride on mower, it is essential that you have thoroughly read the owner’s manual. If you encounter any problems that you cannot confidently rectify, ensure that you take the machine into your local Toro dealer. They can also set you up with maintenance kits (which include oil, filters and fuel stabiliser) and spare parts. If you’ve misplaced your manual, they can also source a new one.
What do I do if my mower won’t start?
There is nothing worse than pulling your Toro ride on mower out only to find that it simply refuses to start. Fortunately, there are some things to consider:
- Is there fresh fuel (less than 30 days old) in the tank? Old fuel is known to develop sediments, which can settle in the engine and cause starting problems. Drain the tank and refill it.
- Is the spark plug wire attached to the spark plug? Many homeowners disconnect the spark plug over winter to prevent accidental starting and then forget to reconnect it.
- Is the spark plug wire clean and in good condition? If your mower is a little on the old side, you might find that the spark plug has received a bit of a beating – it’s time to change it.
- Is the battery fully charged (if applicable)? If your mower is battery powered, it’s important to remember that old batteries simply don’t hold charge as well as they used to.
If you are unable to rectify the starting problem using one of the above tips, take your mower in your local Toro dealer as soon as possible.